Advance Care Planning: Let Your Loved Ones Know Your Wishes

For better or for worse, the current pandemic has changed how we live our lives. For many, the commute to work now involves shuffling from the bedroom to the living room. To get together with friends, we log onto Zoom. A simple trip to the grocery store means wearing a face mask, possibly gloves, and waiting in line. Outside, hand-sanitizers and physical distancing have become de rigueur.

Yet the virtual standstill of life as we knew it has given many of us newfound time to reconnect with others…and ourselves. It has sharpened our sense of how precious yet fragile life can be, of how important it is to express our love and appreciation of others, and of how critical it is to define what matters most in our own lives.

In the age of COVID-19, that’s a question that should be asked and answered, sooner than later.

What if I end up in the hospital, on a respirator and unable to speak for myself?
Quarantined and bombarded by daily counts of mounting infections and fatalities, more people have begun to wonder what could happen if they got really ill, from coronavirus or another serious disease. Who will take care of me and how? What if I end up in the hospital, on a respirator and unable to speak for myself?

Answering those questions and taking action now can make an enormous difference for you and your family…when and if the time arrives.

Planning for how you want to be cared for in a medical crisis - before it strikes
This July 16, Capital Caring Health is observing National Healthcare Decision Day (NHDD) and invite you to join us. The annual event aims to raise public awareness about the importance of advance care planning—that is, thinking about and planning for how you want to be cared for in a medical crisis, before it strikes. And in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, this year’s NHDD is timelier than ever before.

Advance care planning involves learning about the types of medical care decisions that might arise during an emergency or end-of-life situation. It answers such questions as what treatments and interventions you would or would not want under the circumstances, and then letting others know—both your family and your healthcare providers—about your preferences. It also documents who will speak for you when you can no longer speak for yourself.

Each year Capital Caring Health participates in NHDD and makes available tools, resources and forms to help you take action—whether for yourself or a loved one. There’s a kit to start and guide a discussion with family, friends, and caregivers; helpful advice on how to talk to your doctor about end-of-life wishes; and information on legally documenting your preferences through the proper forms.

Follow these steps to make sure treatment decisions are based on what you or family members want:

  1. Let your loved ones know your wishes - Talk openly about what matters to you and what you’d want most if you became seriously ill with coronavirus disease or any other advanced illness. Include your preferences for the extent  and types of treatments. Let the people closest to you know your wishes, for the time when you can no longer speak for yourself.
  2. Pick your person - Ask a friend, family member or other trusted person to become your medical care decision-maker for when and if you can’t make decisions for yourself.
  3. Make it official - Document your designated person—also known as a healthcare proxy, agent, or power of attorney—on an official state health care form or through an Advance Directive, a written health care instruction that specifies your wishes or names a proxy for you.

Ice Breakers and Conversation Starters 
While more people than ever are having conversations about end-of-life preferences as a result of living with the pandemic, this is still not an easy conversation to have—or even to start. To help, experts have come up with advice on “ice breakers” that let you raise the issue in a way that may be easier and more engaging. Find a list of suggested conversations starters here.

Through advance care planning, you’ll provide the guiding principles needed to confidently make decisions at a time when it really matters. Candid conversations can eliminate guesswork and deliver clarity, direction and peace of mind to those involved.

About Capital Caring Health
Capital Caring Health is the largest non-profit provider of elder health, advanced illness, hospice, and at-home care services for the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. area. We provide quality care where people live, supporting dignified, independent aging. For more information, visit capitalcaring.org or call our 24-Hour Care Line at 1-800-869-2136.


As Covid-19 Further Stresses Housebound Vets, CCH Goes Above and Beyond

After two months of physical distancing, mask-wearing and the virtual shut-down of large segments of the economy, all 50 states have begun to ease some of their most restrictive coronavirus regulations. The tentative steps come just in time for Memorial Day—the unofficial start of summer—lending hope to those eager to return to some sort of normalcy, from going to the beach to going to the barbershop to going back to work.

Yet for many of the nation’s military veterans—the very people whose sacrifices we acknowledge on May 25—little about daily life will improve.

Pandemic or not, advanced illness, age, or disability already confines untold numbers of former members of the armed forces to their home, day in and day out. Many suffer from service-related illnesses such as cancer and Parkinson’s, the result of exposure to radiation and the chemical Agent Orange. Others develop severe chronic conditions including high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis, often showing symptoms a full decade before they appear in the general population.

COVID-19 has only worsened their plight, as many vets are in the high-risk group for contracting the virus. As such, visits from friends, relatives and even healthcare workers are curtailed, leading to increased isolation at a time when they most need companionship. And now, many seriously ill and vulnerable veterans who live alone also face a new threat to their health: hunger.

Capital Caring Health is doing what we can to help.

As the largest nonprofit hospice and advanced care provider in the mid-Atlantic, we have a long history of serving former members of the military, dating back to our founding. Over the years, we’ve brought our full suite of care and services directly to veterans—all in the comfort of their own home or wherever they live. We’ve conducted recognition ceremonies, created programs to match veteran patients with volunteer veterans, and helped veterans get the benefits they’ve earned.

In this current crisis, we’re doing even more.

Through a special new program, Prescription Home Meals for Veterans, we’re assuring that housebound veterans—who can no longer even have friends or relatives safely deliver food—get the health-and life-sustaining nutrition they need, on a regular basis.

With the support of a generous supplier, CCH is providing appropriate meals tailored to meet the specific dietary needs of aged and ill veterans. For instance, those suffering from PTSD require a diet featuring serotonin, tyrosine, Omega-3 fatty acids and folic acids. Patients with heart disease must limit sodium; diabetes calls for a low-carb diet.

The meals are prepared to meet the unique needs of each veteran, from one special meal per day to a complete diet of three meals daily. Meals are then delivered by CCH’s dedicated team of volunteers, outfitted in appropriate personal protection equipment and maintaining physical distancing to protect patients from exposure.

Another new initiative born out of COVID-19 involves the purchase and installation of telehealth monitoring services for particularly vulnerable patients, including veterans.

For the time being, CCH is only making in-person visits for urgent needs, with all other assessments conducted virtually or by phone. But with the new, easy-to-use telehealth tablets, staff can remotely monitor such vital signs as blood pressure, oxygen levels, pulse, weight and more, as well as conduct virtual check-ups with real-time access and support. In fact, one of the first tablets CCH installed was at the home of an elderly veteran of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.

These are only the most recent examples of how CCH is working to create new services and support to meet the unanticipated patient needs emerging in COVID-19’s wake. And how we’re striving to help the hundreds of aging and ill former military members in our care, regardless of ability to pay.

You can help, too.

From special diets for vets to meals for food-insecure patients to telehealth tablets for remote monitoring and more, CCH has created a special emergency fund for the ever-increasing unbudgeted, unexpected expenses related to COVID-19. To learn more about what we’re doing, and how you can be part of this effort, visit www.capitalcaring.org .  

Together, we can help our veterans live their best possible lives…this Memorial Day and every day.


Capital Caring Health: COVID-19 Update

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Capital Caring Health: COVID-19 Update 

The coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak continues to evolve rapidly, both globally and locally. In keeping with our Core Values, the safety of our staff and the quality of care we provide to our patients remain the two most important priorities at Capital Caring Health.

The Capital Caring Health Incident Command Center Team is taking steps to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, patients and family members.

The following new guidelines are now in effect as of March 12, 2020, at Capital Caring Health.

Patient Care

  • Capital Caring Health is following guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and has developed a comprehensive plan to maintain the safety of our staff while ensuring that we continue to provide the patients and their families with advanced illness care of the highest quality.

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Visitation to Inpatient Units 

  • Visitors will continue to be screened before entering any of our inpatient units.

Meetings at Neighborhood & Corporate Offices

  • Onsite meetings with vendors and other guests are discontinued; meetings should be conducted by teleconference or virtually (e.g. Skype) until further notice.

Chaplain, Grief Counselor and Social Worker Home and Facility Visits

  • In most cases, Chaplain, Grief Counselor and Social Worker visits will be conducted virtually.
  • If there is an urgent need for an on-site visit, caregivers should call 703-538-2066.

Grief Support Classes

  • Scheduled in-person support groups/workshops are suspended until further notice.
  • We will continue to provide individual grief support. However, grief counseling services will take place via the telephone until further notice.

Volunteer Services

  • All in-person volunteer services are suspended until further notice.
  • Volunteers who make Tuck-In Calls will make the call from their own homes in accordance with HIPAA regulations and guidance from their Community and Volunteer Engagement Manager.

Staying Informed

  • We are continuing to monitor this rapidly evolving situation, and our team has developed a comprehensive response plan to help maintain the safety and well-being of our employees, patients, families, and volunteers.

We will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves. Please refer to CDC resources below for additional updates.

COVID-19 Resources

CDC

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Capital Caring Health: COVID-19 Update

Capital Caring Health is working diligently to protect and educate our staff, volunteers, patients and families regarding COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus 2019.

We are continually monitoring the current situation in the United States and in our specific care areas. Capital Caring Health will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

How does COVID-19 Spread?

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

Where can I find more information and recommendations about COVID-19?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website has a page dedicated to COVID-19.  Other sources of information are the World Health Organization and state and local health departments.

What are the recommended ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

  • Wash your hands. Using soap and water for at least 20 seconds is recommended, but hand sanitizer with at least 60%-95% alcohol is also sufficient.  Be sure to wash all surfaces of your hands.
  • Stay home if you are sick. Individuals who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).
  • Practice respiratory hygiene.  Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.  Put your used tissue in a waste basket.  If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
  • Perform routine environmental cleaning.  Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs, using disposable wipes. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.
  • Avoid close contact with other people who are sick.

Stay informed

The CDC has the most current information about the virus, including everything you need to know about how the virus spreads, how it’s treated, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you get sick. Stay on top of the latest by visiting the CDC website, which is being updated frequently.

You can also learn how your state’s department of public health is responding to the situation by visiting the website for the state where you live. Click here for a list of the State Departments of Public Health.


Advanced Stage Breast Cancer: When Palliative Care and Hospice Can Help

It’s been more than three decades since the first Breast Cancer Awareness Month—October 1985—threatened to make pink the new orange. In a month devoted to jack-o’-lanterns, costumed pets and pumpkin spice everything, this national health campaign remains devoted to a serious cause with real and often deadly effects.

Of course, modern medicine has made tremendous progress in the fight against breast cancer in the intervening years. Women facing the disease today have more options—and better outcomes—than ever before. The five-year survival rate is nearly 90 percent; the number of breast cancer survivors nationwide currently exceeds 3.5 million.

That’s the good news for the estimated 286,600 people who will learn they have breast cancer over the next 12 months.

But unfortunately, we still have a long way to go. Breast cancer stubbornly remains the second most common cause of cancer—and the #2 cause of cancer-related deaths— among American women.

While today’s potent medical treatments can slow or even cure many breast cancers, they often come with unintended, yet frequently debilitating, side effects. And some, called late term effects, may not even appear until years after treatment. The National Cancer Institute reports that nearly 80 percent of patients with advanced-stage cancers develop moderate to severe pain that reduces both their ability to function normally and their quality of life. And for some patients, there may come a time when treatments designed to cure breast cancer simply stop working.

That’s when Capital Caring Health can help.

For more than 40 years now, we have provided compassionate palliative and hospice care to persons with advanced illnesses from DC and Northern Virginia, to Maryland’s Prince George’s County, to as far south as Fredericksburg and Richmond. Our teams of health professionals deliver specialized medical care and services directly to you, in the comfort and convenience of your own home. In fact, nearly 95 percent of Capital Caring Health’s patients are treated right where they live, improving quality of life for both patient and family.

For patients of any age, both palliative and hospice care can relieve the symptoms, side effects of treatment, and stress of chronic progressive diseases. Our two special pain clinics – unique in the area – offer advanced diagnostic technology for precision pain management including therapy for lymphedema that may occur from treatment for breast cancer. Our services can also help patients and families who are “just” trying to cope with breast cancer, day in and day out.

Palliative care is available at any point along an illnesses’ path, including during active treatment. Families may want to consider hospice care during the later stages of illness, particularly when treatments expected to cure or curb the disease’s progress are no longer working, reducing the patient’s life expectancy to six months or less.

Both approaches can help patients and loved ones manage:

  • Pain
  • Swelling in the arm (Lymphedema)
  • Skin irritation
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of appetite
  • Emotional distress
  • Confusion about what to expect in the weeks and months ahead

 

There are other benefits to advanced illness and hospice care, as well. Through Capital Caring Health’s emotional, psychologic and spiritual support, many patients are better able to focus on what is really important to them when they are seriously ill or in the late stages of life. Studies also demonstrate that hospice can reduce Emergency Department visits, inpatient hospitalizations and the anxiety associated with each, while improving—and sometimes, even extending—life.

So, if side effects from breast cancer treatments are disrupting or limiting your quality of life, or if your end-stage therapies have lost their effectiveness, we’re here for you. Don’t wait to get the experienced help and support you need and deserve. Call Capital Caring Health at 800-869-2136 today.

 


David Steinhorn, M.D., to lead Hospice and Palliative Care Services for Children

David Steinhorn, M.D., FAAP, a nationally known leader in Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Pediatric Critical Care, has joined Capital Caring in the newly created position of Medical Director for Hospice and Palliative Care Services for children.

In his new role, Dr. Steinhorn will provide expert consultation for pediatric patients including those with complex medical cases, collaborating with their specialty pediatricians. He will also provide ongoing education and serve as a resource to Capital Caring’s medical staff and other members of the interdisciplinary hospice and palliative care teams.

“We are very fortunate to have someone with Dr. Steinhorn’s nationally-recognized expertise join Capital Caring as we expand to meet the needs of our youngest patients,” said Tom Koutsoumpas, interim President and CEO. “As one of the country’s oldest and largest pediatric hospice programs – also offering palliative care – we know that infants, children and teenagers facing chronic, life-limiting medical conditions require a specially tailored, holistic approach with compassionate, nurturing support.”

Dr. Steinhorn previously served in a consulting capacity with Capital Caring through a partnership with Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) – one of the nation’s leading pediatric hospitals. In addition to his new role with Capital Caring, he will continue to serve as the medical director of the PANDA Pediatric Palliative Care Program at CNMC in Washington, D.C.

“Pediatric hospice and pediatric palliative care are both highly specialized and must meet the medical, emotional and spiritual needs of children and families at difficult time in their lives,” said Dr. Steinhorn.  “I’m excited to join an organization that has demonstrated commitment to caring for children – of all ages – since 1977.”

Honored with the American Academy of Pediatrics Service Award in 2011 and 2018, awarded the Pioneer in Integrative Medicine in 2019 by the Academy of Pediatrics, and named a Top Doctor in Northern Virginia Magazine in 2017 and 2019, Dr. Steinhorn is also widely published in peer-reviewed journals, a frequent lecturer nationally and internationally, and holds several patents.

With a medical degree from the University of Minnesota, fellowships in Pediatric Gastroenterology at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System and Pediatric Critical Care at the University of Minnesota Hospital, Dr. Steinhorn also completed postdoctoral training in Clinical Palliative Care at the Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Western New York. He is currently a professor of Clinical Pediatrics at George Washington University.

About Capital Caring
Capital Caring’s mission is to provide the highest quality advanced illness care with dignity, respect and compassion. Since our founding in 1977, we have grown into one of the largest and most experienced nonprofit providers of hospice care, palliative care and bereavement counseling services in the nation. In 2017 alone, we served nearly 7,000 hospice patients and provided more than $3 million in charity care to those who had nowhere else to turn.

Capital Caring serves families and patients throughout Northern Virginia, as far south as Fredericksburg and Richmond, as well as Prince George’s County, Maryland, and DC.

 

 

 


Capital Caring and Washington Redskins team up; provide one-of-a-kind experience for children

Through a unique partnership with the Washington Redskins and the Give Back Team of Coldwell Banker Elite Real Estate and America’s Choice Mortgage, Capital Caring recently provided a one-of-a-kind Making Memories experience at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond for local children affected by the recent loss of a family member.

Each of the children from the seven families participating in the Making Memories Day on August 10 received grief support services within the last year at no cost from Capital Caring, the region’s largest nonprofit hospice and palliative care organization. These specialized programs for children and teens are offered to the community at-large in addition to families cared for by the organization and include art therapy, after-school groups, pet therapy and camps to help them find healthy ways to express and cope with their grief.

“Creating new family memories after the loss of a loved one is an important step toward healing and finding a new normal for children,” said Tara Hoit, Director of Children’s Programs at Capital Caring. “Events like Capital Caring’s Making Memories Days help create meaningful connections between children who share a similar experience with loss. Capital Caring is honored to help support these resilient children along their grief journeys.”

During the Making Memories Day, the children received roundtrip transportation on a charter bus service provided by A1 Luxury Limousine and James River Bus Company, VIP credentials to watch a two-hour practice, and the opportunity to meet several Washington Redskins players and have them sign memorabilia.

For more information about the Capital Caring Making Memories Day at the Washington Redskins Training Camp, our free children and family bereavement services, or to schedule an interview with a family who participated in the event, contact Amy Shields, at 703-531-6095.

To help support Capital Caring's services including the children's program, click here.

About Capital Caring
Capital Caring’s mission is to provide the highest quality advanced illness care with dignity, respect and compassion. Since our founding in 1977, we have grown into one of the largest and most experienced nonprofit providers of hospice care, palliative care and bereavement counseling services in the nation. In 2017 alone, we served nearly 7,000 hospice patients and provided more than $3 million in charity care to those who had nowhere else to turn. Capital Caring serves families and patients throughout Northern Virginia, as far south as Fredericksburg and Richmond, as well as Prince George’s county, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

 

 


He Considered Himself an American: A Vietnam Veteran’s Pursuit of Citizenship

Blog Writer,  Lt. Col. David Benhoff, USMC (ret.), is Director of Capital Caring's Veterans Affairs Program

Vietnam Veteran.  Army Ranger.  Tunnel Rat.

Three Bronze Stars.  Vietnam Gallantry Cross.

Severe PTSD.

He considered himself an American, but his country did not.

Werner Trei, an American hero, had one final wish before his Final Deployment.  American Citizenship.

In his own words, “It would mean the world to me."

 

Wow.  Think about that.  I mean really think about that.  Quite literally, his final wish.  I fear that many of the younger generation in our country couldn’t begin to come close to appreciating this.  But I digress.

Hopefully I’ve captured your attention with that somewhat less-than-conventional lead and you’ll indulge me in a little background—and update.

Werner Trei, now 71 and in ill health, was a German immigrant at the age of 2.  So if I’ve done my math correctly, (hopefully I paid close enough attention in “Math for Marines”) that means he left Germany around 1950.  Only five years after the end of WWII.  If anyone would have an understanding of freedom and appreciation for freedom, it would likely be someone whose family came from a country just freed from the devastation of a fascist government.

Perhaps this is why, upon receiving his draft notice after graduation from high school here in the United States, he didn’t even ponder using his lack of citizenship as an excuse to not serve.  He saw it his duty.  Think about that as well—especially given less than 1 percent of the population today is willing to serve.

But despite his service, and attempting to gain citizenship over the years since, he had been unsuccessful.  As luck (or Providence, maybe) would have it, that would not be the end of the story.

Enter Carrie Sladek, of the Peaks Care Center in Longmont, Colorado.  She began helping him in pursuit of this most noble dying wish—to include helping him study for the citizenship test.

However, there was great concern—given his failing health—that he would not live to see that day.  At some point, the press picked up this story, which is how I became aware.  And rather than go into more detail—which I think would just take away from the story and add nothing—let me just insert an e-mail Carrie sent on May 17, 2019, at the end of this quest:

“I want to thank you for reaching out to me and my Veteran.  The USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) came in a couple hours ago and did his Naturalization.

My Veteran is so very happy and we Thank Everyone for all they did.  I am proud of the response that our nation came together, sending letters and calling representatives, congressman, and senators.  The People made this lifelong dream happen for one of our Veterans.”

So what’s the moral of this story?

On the grand scale, freedom isn’t free.  And freedom isn’t forever.

As Thomas Jefferson eloquently stated, “The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance.”

We need to not forget the principles upon which our nation was born.  And we need Americans willing to take up arms to defend these principles. I don’t know about you, but less than 1 percent doing so is a shocking statistic.  Werner was willing, despite not even having the benefits of citizenship—until his final hours.

On the personal level, the moral is just as Carrie exemplified in her email, “…the people made his lifelong dream happen for one of our veterans.”

As our veterans age and find themselves in need, we need to step up—as they stepped up for us.  The need is overwhelming, and mostly unknown.

Get involved.  Whether that be volunteering and spending time with a veteran patient, “adopting” a veteran neighbor and getting him or her to medical appointments, or helping a veteran navigate the confusing array of possible benefits that might be of help.  There are endless ways to help.

You will be paid back several fold what you put into the endeavor you pursue just knowing you helped someone in need.  As the poet John Holmes said, “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”

Learn more about Capital Caring’s Veteran’s Impact Program here.

Note from Editor: Some information and quotes were included in the following news article :

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/05/02/decorated-vietnam-veteran-seeks-citizenship-end-life-draws-near.html

 

 

 


Capital Caring Center Northeast Inpatient Unit Reopens

The Capital Caring Center Northeast (CCNE) Inpatient Unit in Washington, D.C., has reopened and full inpatient hospice services resumed on June 3. The CCNE is now located on 2nd Floor, 2 South at Providence Hospital.  Services at the CCNE were temporarily suspended during a renovation project conducted by Providence Health System earlier this spring.

The renovations were completed recently, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to serve patients and their families by providing access to high-quality care to individuals living with serious, advanced illness throughout the Greater Washington, DC region.

The 14-bed, inpatient hospice unit includes private rooms as well as a family kitchen, nursing station and seating area all within a comfortable, home-like setting.

For additional details about the CCNE, call 202-844-4920. The physical address is:

Capital Caring Center Northeast
Providence Hospital
2nd Floor, 2 South
1150 Varnum St NE,
Washington, D.C. 20017


Coping with Grief During the Spring

By Sara Moore Kerai, MA, LPC, Grief Counselor, Capital Caring, Washington, D.C.

What comes to mind when you contemplate the transition from winter to spring?

Spring is often associated with rebirth, relief, new life, and a sense of hopefulness. But for those who are grieving, the spring can be a bittersweet and painful season, triggering painful reminders of “this time last year,” rather than happy anticipation.

Mother’s Day is a hallmark of spring, but for my grief counseling clients who are grieving the death of a mother, or for mothers grieving the death of a child, it is one of the most difficult holidays of the entire year.  Also, the perceived pressure to tackle spring cleaning, which might include sorting through and donating a loved one’s clothing and possessions, can add to the stress of the change of seasons.

However, springtime also provides many opportunities for self-care, which is an important component in healing from a loss.

Below are helpful tips for healing, self-care activities and information about Capital Caring’s grief support groups:

  • Participating in activities such as walking, bicycle riding, meditative hikes, putting your toes in the green grass, planting, gardening, or going to a yoga or dance class, improves the mind-body connection.
  • Research shows that focusing on activities involving our five senses and our bodies, such as paying attention to our walking steps, noticing the sun on our skin, or feeling the grass beneath our feet, helps our brains recover from stressful events.

Capital Caring grief counselors are offering several programs to support you in your grief journey this spring, including spring strolls and mindfulness walks in Arlington and Alexandria; Mother Loss Workshops in Washington. D.C.  and Largo, Maryland; and many other support groups and programs for those who are grieving the death of a loved one.

Please join us for a moment of healing and self-care.  Learn more about our grief support groups and other programs here.

 


Capital Caring Hosts Free Expo to Celebrate Family Caregivers


A Celebration for Those Who Provide a Vital but Unappreciated Role

 

An estimated 40 million people serve as unpaid caregivers in the United States each year. On May 11, Capital Caring—the region’s largest nonprofit provider of advanced illness care—will celebrate local family caregivers with a free day filled with appreciation, information and advice. Free respite care is available upon request.

Hosted in partnership with AARP and Virginia Hospital Center, the Expo will feature speakers on such topics  Alzheimer’s and dementia, caring for someone with chronic pain, navigating the health care system, and caring for the caregiver.

Expo participants include more than 25 local experts in home care, elder law, financial planning, and other caregiver services. Free massages, health screenings and refreshments will also be available.

Event
Capital Caring Caregiver Expo

Date and Time
Saturday, May 11, 2019     10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Location
Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center at Northern Virginia Community College,        Annandale Campus

Featured Speakers

  • Nicole Rochester, Founder/CEO, Your GPS Doc, LLC—An innovative company that helps aging individuals and their family caregivers navigate the healthcare system.
  • Emer MacSweeney, CEO and Medical Director, Re: Cognition Health—An international leader in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia-related care.
  • Michael Byas-Smith, Medical Director, Capital Caring Center of Pain & Palliative Care—One of the most experienced providers of comprehensive interventional pain and palliative care for cancer patients and those with chronic pain.
  • Joan Panke, NP, Capital Caring —A highly experienced practitioner of palliative care and an expert on advance care planning who was instrumental in establishing the DC MOST (Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment) Program.

Click here to see our exhibitors and information on their services.

To register for this event, visit  www.capitalcaring.org/caregiverexpo.

Hosted by Capital Caring in partnership with AARP and Virginia Hospital Center
AARP

ABOUT CAPITAL CARING

Capital Caring’s mission is to provide the highest quality advanced illness care with dignity, respect and compassion. Since our founding in 1977, we have grown into one of the largest and most experienced nonprofit providers of hospice care, palliative care and bereavement counseling services in the nation. In 2017 alone, we served nearly 7,000 hospice patients and provided more than $3 million in charity care to those who had nowhere else to turn.
Capital Caring serves families and patients throughout Northern Virginia, as far south as Fredericksburg and Richmond, as well as Prince George’s County, Maryland, and DC. To learn more about Capital Caring, visit www.capitalcaring.org or call 800‐869‐2136.

Northern Virginia Community College does not sponsor or endorse this event.